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Dance

"Dance is the hidden language of the soul." - Martha Graham

**QUORUM: A minimum of 4 students is required to open a class.

 

READ THOROUGHLY, AS CLASSES MAY HAVE CHANGED!

 

Assigned levels will be based on age first, then the student's level of technique will be considered.

 

New students and students that do not know what class level they should be taking, need to be assessed. Assessments will be held at the Studio at the end of August (a week before classes start).

 

If you’re interested in a class marked as **CLOSED**, and you know of another 3 more students that are, let us know to see if we can open the class. 


 

Ballet/Pointe

CREATIVE MOVEMENT  (Ages 3 - 5 years)

INSTRUCTOR: Trissa Finneran

 

This is a movement class where children will learn basic ballet and

music skills. Students will learn ballet class etiquette and develop muscular memory.  Technical vocabulary, tap, and tumbling will be included. 

Class meets one hour/once a week.

PRE-BALLET  (Ages 5 - 8 years)

INSTRUCTOR: Trissa Finneran

 

Pre-Ballet will prepare students for Ballet I technique. Exercises will be introduced to

strengthen the ankles, feet, back, stomach, and neck, and increase coordination. Time will be spent introducing center work and simple combinations. Students will develop spatial awareness and musical phrasing.  

Class meets one hour/once a week.


 

BALLET I  (Ages 7 - 10 years)

INSTRUCTOR: Hope McLaughlin

 

Ballet I will continue where pre-ballet and beginners ballet left off. It allows the students to develop a larger vocabulary while introducing fifth position to barre and center work. Students will learn correct ballet posture and carriage as well as basic steps. For kids ages 7-8, Pre-Ballet is prerequisite to Ballet I. Class meets one hour/once a week.


 

BALLET II  (Ages 9 years and up)

INSTRUCTOR: Hope McLaughlin

 

Ballet II will continue to build on the technical foundation established in Ballet I, while introducing new and exciting steps and combinations at the barre and in the center. Students will be able to maintain turn out and correct posture throughout barre and center work.  Basic use of the head (epaulement) will also be introduced. For kids ages 7-10, Ballet I is prerequisite to Ballet II.

Class meets one hour/once a week.


 

BALLET III   (Ages 11 years - Adult)

INSTRUCTOR: Hope McLaughlin

 

Ballet III is an intermediate class. Students will be introduced to more advanced steps and combinations, as well as choreography. Students should have a working knowledge of vocabulary and positions in previous levels. Maximum turnout and correct posture should be maintained throughout barre and center work.  Ballet II is a prerequisite to Ballet III, and  placement will be by teacher recommendation*. 

Class meets one hour/twice a week.


 

BALLET IV  (Ages 12 years - Adult)

INSTRUCTOR: Hope McLaughlin

 

Ballet IV is a high intermediate class. Students will further increase vocabulary, as well as performance ability and poise. Placement by audition and/or teacher recommendation*.

Class meets one hour/twice a week.


 

BALLET V  (Ages 13 - Adult) **CLOSED**

[Will open if quorum is reached]

INSTRUCTOR: Hope McLaughlin

 

Ballet V is an advanced technique class. Students will explore more advanced movement and choreography. Placement by audition and/or teacher recommendation*. 

Class meets 1.5 hours/twice a week

BEGINNER TEEN/ADULT BALLET  (Ages 13 and up)

INSTRUCTOR: Hope McLaughlin

 

Beginner Teen/Adult Ballet is a beginner class for teens and adults who have minimal ballet experience, but would like to improve technique and overall coordination. Students will learn basic movements and terminology as it relates to ballet. Students will learn presentation of the arms, head, and body while engaging turnout and maintaining correct placement and posture. The instructor will work with the students according to their individual level. 

Class meets one hour/once a week

 

 

POINTE I  - Pre-Pointe/Beginner  (Ages 11+)

INSTRUCTOR: Hope McLaughlin

 

Pointe I is for those students who show strong foot/ankle development, and an understanding of ballet technique. They will be introduced to pointe work facing the barre.  Once students can perform combinations with correct posture, straight legs and strong ankles and feet, the combinations can be done sideways to the barre or in center.  Students MUST have taken at least one year of ballet technique to be considered for this class. Students also must take a ballet technique class in conjunction with Pointe I. Placement by audition and/or teacher recommendation*.

Class meets one hour/once a week.


 

PRE-POINTE / POINTE I

INSTRUCTOR: Hope McLaughlin

 

All pointe classes are designed for students with previous ballet training. Students are expected to be very dedicated and disciplined, and will be required to take 2 to 3 technique classes per week.

To decrease possible risk of injury, the following pointe class will be introduced only to the girls who show adequate physical strength, accurate technique and necessary mental awareness for such a challenging endeavor. If the teacher does not feel that the student is ready to initiate a pointe class, for the student’s safety, she will not be placed in this class.

Students will utilize previously learned ballet technique while working in pointe shoes. Each class includes barre exercises, center floor work and across the floor combinations. These exercises focus on strengthening the feet and ankles.  

Placement by audition and/or teacher recommendation*. Ballet class is required in order to take Pointe class. 

Class meets one hour/once a week.


 

POINTE II - Intermediate **CLOSED**

[Will open if quorum is reached]

INSTRUCTOR: Hope McLaughlin

 

Pointe II is an intermediate class that will take the student to a more extensive vocabulary of pointe work, while working on strength and coordination.  This class will explore more work in the center.  Placement by audition and /or teacher recommendation*. Ballet class is required in order to take Pointe class. 

Class meets one hour/once a week.

 

 

Contemporary

 

CONTEMPORARY I   (Ages 6 - 9 years)

INSTRUCTOR: Trissa Finneran

 

Contemporary I teaches basic contemporary and modern movement that strengthens the core of the dancer’s body which is required for any dance style. The class will focus on contractions, isolations, improvisation, and coordination. (Completion of this class does not automatically place students into Contemporary II)

Class meets one hour/once a week.


 

CONTEMPORARY II   (Ages 7 - 12 years)

INSTRUCTOR: Trissa Finneran

 

Contemporary II is an intermediate level contemporary technique class.  This class will explore L.A. style movement and begin to emphasize physical strength and intensify choreography. Knowledge of foundations of Ballet will be a plus, but not required. (Completion of this class does not automatically place students into Contemporary III). For kids ages 7-9, Contemporary I is prerequisite to Contemporary II and/or placement by teacher recommendation*.

Class meets one hour/once a week.


 

CONTEMPORARY III   (Ages 13 - Adult)

INSTRUCTOR: Vanessa Rodriguez (Studio Director)

 

Contemporary III is a mix of all main contemporary and modern approaches (Cunningham, Graham, and Limon). Advanced students will explore the natural energy and emotions of the body to produce dances which are often very personal, featuring a wide variety of dance techniques. The students will focus on breathing, posture, and emotional state to establish a mind-body connection through progressions, combos, routines, and mostly on building strength, stamina, endurance, and flexibility. The aim is to achieve optimum technical aptitude. Advanced students will be perfecting placement, alignment, core support, spatial awareness, full body/mind integration, rhythmic clarity, and musicality. (Completion of this class does not automatically place students into Contemporary IV). Placement by audition and/or teacher recommendation*.

Class meets one hour/once a week.


 

CONTEMPORARY IV  (Ages 13 - Adult)  **CLOSED**

[Will open if quorum is reached]

INSTRUCTOR: Vanessa Rodriguez

 

Contemporary IV is a totally advanced technique class. Students will explore more advanced movement and choreography. Placement by audition and/or teacher recommendation*. 

Class meets one hour /once a week.

Jazz

 

JAZZ I   (Ages 6 - 9 years)

INSTRUCTOR: Trissa Finneran

 

Jazz I teaches the basics of jazz movement with contemporary and Broadway-style

music. Students learn isolations, stretches, across the floor jazz walks, turns and leaps. (Completion of this class does not automatically place students into Jazz II)

Class meets one hour/once a week.


 

JAZZ II   (Ages 10 and up)

INSTRUCTOR: Bethany Corey

 

Jazz II is an intermediate class, and it takes the dancer through more connecting movement while teaching more technical jazz vocabulary. Students will learn to put movements together, learn new, exciting choreography, and expand their jazz vocabulary. Knowledge of foundations of Ballet will be a plus, but not required. (Completion of this class does not automatically place students into Jazz III) Prerequisite: Jazz I. Placement by teacher recommendation*. 

Class meets one hour/once a week.


 

JAZZ III   (Ages 12 - Adult)

INSTRUCTOR: Bethany Corey

 

Jazz III is an advanced class. Students will be expected to pick up advanced combinations and choreography quickly. Jazz vocabulary will be further expanded. Perfect compliment for Triple Threat Class and/or Broadway Dance. Placement by audition and/or teacher recommendation*. 

Class meets one hour/once a week.


 

JAZZ IV  (Ages 13 - Adult)  **CLOSED**

[Will open if quorum is reached]

INSTRUCTOR: Bethany Corey

Jazz IV is a totally advanced technique class. Students will explore more advanced movement and choreography. Placement by audition and/or teacher recommendation*. 

Class meets one hour /once a week.


 

ADULT JAZZ (Ages 18 and up)

INSTRUCTOR: Vanessa Rodriguez (Studio Director)

 

IT’S FINALLY HERE! For grown-ups only! We will open a slot for this class if there are 4 or more students interested in signing up. The basics of jazz movement with contemporary and Broadway-style music. Students learn isolations, stretches, across the floor jazz walks, turns and leaps. Will learn a short choreography combination every other week.

Recital participation is optional. 

Class meets one hour/once a week.

 

 

Tap

TAP I   (Ages 6 - 9 years)

INSTRUCTOR: Bethany Corey

 

Tap I focuses on rhythm and making “melodies” with the feet. This class will introduce

rhythmic steps and tap vocabulary. (Completion of this class does not automatically place students into Tap II)

Class meets one hour/once a week.


 

TAP II   (Ages 7-12 years)

INSTRUCTOR: Bethany Corey

 

Tap II is a beginner/intermediate class. Students will explore more extensive center and across the floor work along with challenging choreography, more difficult steps, and challenging choreography. (Completion of this class does not automatically place students into Tap III) Prerequisite: Tap I

Class meets one hour/once a week.


 

TAP III  (Ages 11  - Adult)

INSTRUCTOR: Bethany Corey

 

This class is centered on rhythmic tap.  Students will be challenged both technically and artistically. This class will be fast-paced and students will be expected to pick up combinations and choreography quickly.  Perfect compliment for Triple Threat Class and/or Broadway Dance. Prerequisite:  Tap II and/or teacher recommendation.  Placement by audition and/or teacher recommendation*. 

Class meets one hour/once a week.


 

ADULT TAP (Ages 18 and up) 

INSTRUCTOR: Bethany Corey

 

Adult Tap! For grown-ups only! We will open a slot for this class if there are 4 or more students interested in signing up. Tap basics, focusing on rhythm and making “melodies” with the feet. This class will introduce rhythm and in making “melodies” with the feet. This class will introduce

rhythmic steps and tap vocabulary. Great class for actors starting in dance.  Perfect compliment for Triple Threat Class and/or Broadway Dance. Recital participation will be optional. 

Class meets one hour/once a week.

Hip Hop

 

HIP HOP I (Ages 8-12)

INSTRUCTOR: Trissa Finneran

 

Hip Hop I is centered on urban styles of movement, influenced by the latest street dance. Students will explore choreography and exercises that incorporate hard hitting beats and accenting music in a rhythmic way. Students will improve musicality, muscle coordination, and muscle memory. (Completion of this class does not automatically place students into Hip Hop II)

Class meets one hour/once a week.


 

HIP HOP II (Ages 13 - Adult)

INSTRUCTOR: Vanessa Rodriguez (Studio Director)

 

Hip Hop II will explore a variety of urban dance styles. Students will be challenged physically and mentally as they build musicality, rhythm, muscle coordination, and muscle memory. Students will have the opportunity to learn the latest hip hop moves and steps in across the floor exercises and combinations. Placement by assessment or teacher recommendation only. (Completion of this class does not automatically place students into Hip Hop III)

Class meets one hour/once a week.


 

HIP HOP III / ADVANCED HIP HOP (Ages 13 - Adult)

INSTRUCTOR: Vanessa Rodriguez (Studio Director)

 

For the more experienced dancer, Hip Hop IIl will explore a variety of urban dance styles. Students will be challenged physically and mentally as they build musicality, rhythm, muscle coordination, and muscle memory. Students will have the opportunity to learn the latest hip hop moves and steps in across-the-floor exercises and combinations. Placement by assessment or teacher recommendation only.

Class meets one hour/once a week.


 

ADULT HIP HOP (Ages 18 and up)  **CLOSED** 

[Will open if quorum is reached]

INSTRUCTOR: Vanessa Rodriguez (Studio Director)

 

Fun and engaging! Hip-Hop is a streetwise style of dance that combines jazz, modern and African technique. These classes will promote a unique and exuberant style of movement while

developing strength and stamina. Recital participation not required. 

Class meets one hour/once a week

 

 

Broadway Dance

 

BROADWAY DANCE I (Ages 8+) 

INSTRUCTOR: Trissa Finneran

 

Broadway Dance I will explore the dance styles that were made famous in many of Broadway’s big musicals. All dance forms will be combined to make this a very popular and memorable class. A jazz or tap class will be a nice compliment to this class. (Completion of this class does not automatically place students into Broadway II) Placement by assessment or teacher recommendation only.

Class meets one hour/once a week.


 

BROADWAY DANCE II (Ages 13+)

INSTRUCTOR: Vanessa Rodriguez (Studio Director)

 

Broadway Dance II, like Broadway I, will incorporate many dance styles from Broadway musicals, yet will include more advanced choreography. A jazz or tap class is not required, but strongly advised. Placement by assessment or teacher recommendation only

Class meets one hour/once a week.


 

NEW HIT!!!  TRIPLE THREAT CLASS (Ages 13 - Adult)

INSTRUCTOR: Bethany Corey

 

Triple Threat Class at FODPA is not for just any student. This class will bring together the three disciplines of acting, singing, and dancing into a unified whole. The emphasis in these classes will be to strengthen each of the elements equally to create a well-rounded Triple Threat performer. The Triple Threat class will prepare the student to continue the tough journey of developing real craft, commitment, and the indomitable spirit of a stage actor.

Class meets one hour/once a week.

 

Requirements: The student needs to be enrolled in TWO of the following: a dance class, a theatre/acting class, AND/OR a voice class to qualify for auditions.

Placement is by audition and/or teacher recommendation only*. 

Audition requires the student to: 1. perform a 30-second to one-minute monologue of his/her choice (comedy, drama, or dramedy, 2. a short acapella song of his/her choice, and 3. to learn and perform a small dance combo taught by one of our dance instructors. This will be done at our Onsite Registration and Assessment days. (Day and time is TBD)

The student only needs to pass two of those three auditions to be accepted in this class.

 

Other Dance Styles...


NEW CLASS!!!  ADAPTIVE DANCE AND MOVEMENT

(Ages 8 - Adult)

INSTRUCTORS: Trissa Finneran

Assistant: Hannah Elder

 

Adaptive Dance and Movement Class is a creative movement program that has been tailored for individuals with differing abilities, focusing on creating an open environment in which all abilities can participate.

Class meets one hour/once a week.


 

NEW HIT!!!  BOYS DANCE - (Ages 10 and up)

INSTRUCTORS: Julian Simoes

 

Boys Dance is exclusively for any male, of any age, at any dance level. The student will be taught a wide variety of styles and techniques. We are so excited to finally have a class for the guys to learn and build new skills together this year. This class will build strength, agility, and increase confidence. Any male who is a part of theatre or the performing arts would greatly benefit from this class. 

Class meets one hour/once a week.


 

HIT!!! HEART OF WORSHIP - (Ages 12 - Adult)

INSTRUCTOR: Devon Tarr

 

This class enables experienced dancers the opportunity to offer their technique and training as an expression of worship. Teaching will include the Biblical grounds for the importance of embodied worship; worshipping our Creator with all of our strength. Class time will also provide an environment where dancers can grow in their confidence to worship spontaneously and passionately. Additionally, the class will include the opportunity to choreograph pieces that can be used in various ministry contexts. The styles of dance used will be determined by the training of the class participants.  Placement by teacher recommendation or assessment. 

Class meets one hour/once a week.


 

ACRO (Ages 8 - Adult)

INSTRUCTOR: Bethany Corey

 

This style will blend aspects of body control, flexibility, balance and athleticism while learning the precision of acrobatics along with the freedom of creative choreography. 

In this class, flexibility and strength is strongly required, but not necessary. Students need to know that flexibility for this style cannot be achieved over one class a week. Students will need to work on it at home. The instructor will work with each student according to their level.

Class meets one hour/once a week.

ACRO DANCE II - (Ages 13 – Adult)  **CLOSED**

[Will open if quorum is reached]

INSTRUCTOR: Bethany Corey

 

Acro II will utilize body control, flexibility, balance and athleticism while learning the art of acrobatics. In this class, flexibility and strength are strongly encouraged, and students must be willing to work on skills outside of class as well. 

Class meets one hour/once a week.


 

PARTNERING (Ages 13 and up)  **CLOSED**

[Will open if quorum is reached]

INSTRUCTOR: Bethany Corey

 

This class will focus on movement and choreography centered around partner work. It will require strength, trust, and communication. We will be working in pairs and group partner work, and will learn a wide variety or lifts and balance work. 

Class meets one hour/once a week.


 

FITNESS FUSION (18 and up) **CLOSED**

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INSTRUCTOR: Vanessa Rodriguez

 

Pilates, dance, yoga, barre, cardio, and old-school exercises with an edge. Dance Fusion offers a little bit of everything and you won’t know what hit ya’. Inspired by a variety of music, dance styles and a little choreography combo here and there. Don’t be surprised to learn a bit of jazz funk, salsa, hip hop, or a bit of lyrical at the end of each class. Perfect for everyone waiting for their students to come out of theatre, dance or voice class!

Class meets one hour/once a week.